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American Winter – HBO Documentary

American Winter

In the Richest Country on Earth,

Millions of Families Have Been Left Out in the Cold

American Winter Preview (4:52)

View trailer (0:46)

From Synopsis of the Film

AmericanWinterFilm.com – Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression...The experiences of the families in American Winter are a vivid illustration of what has been happening to families across America, including working families losing their homes, people who remain jobless or underemployed, children going hungry, families getting their heat shut off in the dead of winter, and people with health issues overwhelmed by medical costs.

Framed through the personal stories of eight families, American Winter puts a face on the country's economic challenges and has the potential to humanize the discussion around these issues. When viewers see these hard working, relatable families in need, it breaks down stereotypes and makes it harder to justify cuts to social services, motivating and bringing together individuals and organizations working towards a new paradigm of opportunity for all Americans - read the full synopsis.

Community Action is Part of the Story

Thanks to Don Mathis, President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership for alerting us to the film's premiere, along with this info:

The film shows the experiences of families in Portland, Oregon, including one served by Multnomah County Department of Human Services, Community Services Division in Portland, Oregon.  Mary Li is the director of that office which administers the Community Action Block Grant program.  One of her office’s grantees “Human Solutions” is included in this one-hour documentary.

Host a Screening and Encourage Action

Discussion Guide –Partnerships are being developed with local and national nonprofit organizations that can utilize the film to advance their specific missions. Additionally, American Winter’s social action campaign will focus on channeling the frustrations of struggling Americans into a movement for positive change, while also supporting legislators to pass bills that allow all Americans to have an opportunity to live a comfortable life and a chance at the American Dream.


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